INVENTORY OF THE DOMINGUEZ LAND CORPORATION, 1911-1950, bulk 1912-1927

Finding aid prepared by Erin Kurinsky
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Archives & Special Collections
University Library, Room G-145
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3895
URL: http://www.csudh.edu/archives/csudh/index.html
©2010


Descriptive Summary

Title: Dominguez Land Corporation Collection,
Dates: 1911-1950,
Collection Number: Consult repository.
Creator: Dominguez Land Corporation
Extent: 35 boxes [17.5 linear ft]
Repository: California State University, Dominguez Hills Archives and Special Collections
Archives & Special Collection
University Library, Room G-145
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3013
URL: http://www.csudh.edu/archives/csudh/index.html
Abstract: Records of the Dominguez Land Company (1911-1941). Included in the collection are contracts and grant deeds detailing the sale of land throughout the city of Torrance, CA, as well as related correspondence and legal documentation. Also includes documentation of the history of the Dominguez Land Corporation, and details of its sale to Remco-Real Estate Management Company in 1941.
Language: Collection material is in English

Administration Information

Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Preferred Citation

[Title of item], Dominguez Land Corporation Collection, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Remco-Real Estate Management Company in 2009.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Erin Kurinsky and Kim Cameron, 2010.

History

The Dominguez Land Company was originally formed in 1911 under the leadership of Jared Sidney Torrance, who was company president. Original stockholders included Merris Hellman, Joseph F. Sartori, John S. Cravens, Dr. W. Jarvis Barlow, and Torrance. In 1911, they purchased 2,792 acres of land (at $350 per acre) from the Dominguez Estate Company and 730 acres from the Del Amo Estate Company (each owned by the daughters of Manuel Dominguez). That land was broken up into lots and sold off, eventually forming the city of Torrance, CA. In 1912, the Dominguez Land Company incorporated and became known as the Dominguez Land Corporation.
Torrance was originally envisioned as a town where residence, business, and industrial lands coexisted. Workers in the town's factories and businesses could find a home close to their place of employment. Jared Torrance believed that a man who enjoyed his work and owned his own home would remain in the community and contribute to the community. This philosophy of mixed development is evident in the variety of land contracts sold by The Dominguez Land Company, which included contracts for business, industrial, and residential property.
In 1921, oil was discovered in Torrance, and the Dominguez Land Company soon began offering oil land for sale. In 1922, the Dominguez Land Corporation formed a lease agreement with the Standard Oil Company, allowing the Standard Oil Company sole rights to drill for oil in the city of Torrance. In 1926, the Dominguez Land Company also sold a large portion of oil land to the Chanslor-Canfield Midway Oil Company.
By 1941, the Dominguez Land Corporation had liquidated much of its assets. The remains of the company, including office furniture, records, and any future assets which may be found, were purchased by Remco-Real Estate Management Company, a company founded in 1927 by former Dominguez Land Corporation president, Donald Findley.

Scope and Content

This collection documents the sale of individual plots of land in the city of Torrance, CA. The collection is organized according to contract numbers assigned to each sale by the Dominguez Land Corporation, which they have termed "agreements". Each agreement contains either a contract for the sale of land (residential, business, industrial, oil, or undeveloped land, though later documents are simply noted as "sales contracts" without delineating the type of land being sold) or a grant deed for land, though usually both documents are found in each agreement. The sales contracts include details on mortgage arrangements and restrictions on building (for unimproved properties), as well as ledgers detailing payments made on the property. Each agreement may also contain correspondence relating to the agreement (both hand-written and typed), as well as company memos (generally orders to draw up grant deeds). Finally, additional legal documents, such as quitclaim deeds and affidavits, may be included in the agreements.
Within the second series, there are four subseries included. The first subseries includes other land agreements, including the lease agreement between the Dominguez Land Corporation and the Standard Oil Company and the sales agreement between the Dominguez Land Corporation and the Chanslor-Canfield Midway Oil Company, as well as a sales contract with the Pacific Electric Railway Company. Another subseries includes the By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation for both the Dominguez Land Company and the Dominguez Land Corporation. A third subseries details the dissolution and sale of the Dominguez Land Corporation to Remco-Real Estate Management Co., and a fourth subseries includes stockholder and bond holder information on the Dominguez Land Corporation.

Arrangement

Arranged in two series:
  • Series I. Agreements, 1912-1927
  • Series II. Corporate Documents, 1911-1950

Indexing Terms

Subjects

Commercial real estate--California--Torrance.
Contracts for deeds--California--Torrance.
Deeds--California--Torrance.
Industrial real estate--California--Torrance.
Land grants--California--Torrance.
Oil and gas leases--California--Torrance.
Real estate business--California--Torrance--History.
Real estate development--California--Torrance--History.
Real estate transactions.
Residential real estate--California--Torrance.

Corporate Names

Chanslor-Canfield Midway Oil Company
Dominguez Land Company
Dominguez Land Corporation
Remco-Real Estate Management Co.
Standard Oil Company (Library of Congress)
Title Insurance and Trust Company (1893-1968)(Library of Congress)

Geographic Areas

Torrance (Calif.)


Container List

 

Series 1. Agreements, 1912-1927

Physical Description: 34 boxes [17 linear feet]

Scope and Content Note

This series includes contracts for the sale of improved and unimproved residential properties, unimproved business properties, unimproved industrial properties, land, and oil land in the city of Torrance, CA. It includes sales contracts, grant deeds, account ledgers, related correspondence, internal memos, applications for the purchase of property, county tax receipts, legal documents such as quitclaim deeds and affidavits, and other documents related to the sales contracts, as well as the original folders with annotations which stored the agreement documents. The series is arranged in order of contract number, which was assigned to each agreement by the Dominguez Land Corporation.
Box 1, Folder 1

Agreements, Contract no. 1-7, 1 Tr-7 Tr

Box 1, Folder 2

Agreements, Contract no. 8-10, 8 Tr-10 Tr

Box 1, Folder 3

Agreements, Contract no. 11-14, 11 Tr-14 Tr

Box 1, Folder 4

Agreements, Contract no. 15-18, 15 Tr-18 Tr

Box 2, Folder 5

Agreements, Contract no. 19-23, 19 Tr-23 Tr

Box 2, Folder 6

Agreements, Contract no. 24-40

Box 2, Folder 7

Agreements, Contract no. 41-57

Box 2, Folder 8

Agreements, Contract no. 58-75

Box 2, Folder 9

Agreements, Contract no. 76-86

Box 3, Folder 10

Agreements, Contract no. 87-99

Box 3, Folder 11

Agreements, Contract no. 100-119

Box 3, Folder 12

Agreements, Contract no. 120-139

Box 3, Folder 13

Agreements, Contract no. 140-158

Box 3, Folder 14

Agreements, Contract no. 160-180

Box 4, Folder 15

Agreements, Contract no. 181-189

Box 4, Folder 16

Agreements, Contract no. 190-209

Box 4, Folder 17

Agreements, Contract no. 210-229

Box 4, Folder 18

Agreements, Contract no. 230-249

Box 4, Folder 19

Agreements, Contract no. 250-269

Box 5, Folder 20

Agreements, Contract no. 270-288

Box 5, Folder 21

Agreements, Contract no. 290-309

Box 5, Folder 22

Agreements, Contract no. 310-328

Box 5, Folder 23

Agreements, Contract no. 335-349

Box 5, Folder 24

Agreements, Contract no. 351-367

Box 6, Folder 25

Agreements, Contract no. 58-75

Box 6, Folder 25

Agreements, Contract no. 371-389

Box 6, Folder 26

Agreements, Contract no. 390-408

Box 6, Folder 27

Agreements, Contract no. 410-429

Box 6, Folder 28

Agreements, Contract no. 430-449

Box 6, Folder 29

Agreements, Contract no. 450-466

Box 7, Folder 30

Agreements, Contract no. 467-489

Box 7, Folder 31

Agreements, Contract no. 490-506

Box 7, Folder 32

Agreements, Contract no. 507-527

Box 7, Folder 33

Agreements, Contract no. 532-549

Box 7, Folder 34

Agreements, Contract no. 550-559

Box 8, Folder 35

Agreements, Contract no. 560-569

Box 8, Folder 36

Agreements, Contract no. 570-582

Box 8, Folder 37

Agreements, Contract no. 583-591

Box 8, Folder 38

Agreements, Contract no. 592-601

Box 9, Folder 39

Agreements, Contract no. 602-609

Box 9, Folder 40

Agreements, Contract no. 612-624

Box 9, Folder 41

Agreements, Contract no. 625-632

Box 9, Folder 42

Agreements, Contract no. 633-645

Box 10, Folder 43

Agreements, Contract no. 646-657

Box 10, Folder 44

Agreements, Contract no. 658-668

Box 10, Folder 45

Agreements, Contract no. 669-674

Box 10, Folder 46

Agreements, Contract no. 675-684

Box 11, Folder 47

Agreements, Contract no. 686-694

Box 11, Folder 48

Agreements, Contract no. 695-704

Box 11, Folder 49

Agreements, Contract no. 705-714

Box 11, Folder 50

Agreements, Contract no. 715-724

Box 12, Folder 51

Agreements, Contract no. 725-734

Box 12, Folder 52

Agreements, Contract no. 735-745

Box 12, Folder 53

Agreements, Contract no. 746-755

Box 12, Folder 54

Agreements, Contract no. 756-767

Box 13, Folder 55

Agreements, Contract no. 768-779

Box 13, Folder 56

Agreements, Contract no. 780-789

Box 13, Folder 57

Agreements, Contract no. 790-799

Box 13, Folder 58

Agreements, Contract no. 1000-1009

Box 14, Folder 59

Agreements, Contract no. 1010-1019

Box 14, Folder 60

Agreements, Contract no. 1020-1029

Box 14, Folder 61

Agreements, Contract no. 1030-1039

Box 14, Folder 62

Agreements, Contract no. 1040-1049

Box 15, Folder 63

Agreements, Contract no. 1050-1059

Box 15, Folder 64

Agreements, Contract no. 1060-1069

Box 15, Folder 65

Agreements, Contract no. 1070-1089

Box 15, Folder 66

Agreements, Contract no. 1080-1089

Box 16, Folder 67

Agreements, Contract no. 1090-1099

Box 16, Folder 68

Agreements, Contract no. 1100-1109

Box 16, Folder 69

Agreements, Contract no. 1111-1122

Box 16, Folder 70

Agreements, Contract no. 1123-1134

Box 17, Folder 71

Agreements, Contract no. 1135-1145

Box 17, Folder 72

Agreements, Contract no. 1146-1156

Box 17, Folder 73

Agreements, Contract no. 1157-1168

Box 17, Folder 74

Agreements, Contract no. 1169-1183

Box 18, Folder 75

Agreements, Contract no. 1184-1192

Box 18, Folder 76

Agreements, Contract no. 1193-1199

Box 18, Folder 77

Agreements, Contract no. 1200-1209

Box 18, Folder 78

Agreements, Contract no. 1210-1219

Box 19, Folder 79

Agreements, Contract no. 1220-1229

Box 19, Folder 80

Agreements, Contract no. 1230-1239

Box 19, Folder 81

Agreements, Contract no. 1240-1248

Box 19, Folder 82

Agreements, Contract no. 1249-1257

Box 20, Folder 83

Agreements, Contract no. 1258-1268

Box 20, Folder 84

Agreements, Contract no. 1269-1277

Box 20, Folder 85

Agreements, Contract no. 1278-1286

Box 20, Folder 86

Agreements, Contract no. 1287-1297

Box 21, Folder 87

Agreements, Contract no. 1298-1309

Box 21, Folder 88

Agreements, Contract no. 1310-1319

Box 21, Folder 89

Agreements, Contract no. 1321-1336

Box 21, Folder 90

Agreements, Contract no. 1370-1379

Box 22, Folder 91

Agreements, Contract no. 1380-1388

Box 22, Folder 92

Agreements, Contract no. 1389-1399

Box 22, Folder 93

Agreements, Contract no. 1400-1409

Box 22, Folder 94

Agreements, Contract no. 1410-1419

Box 23, Folder 95

Agreements, Contract no. 1420-1424

Box 23, Folder 96

Agreements, Contract no. 2085-2096

Box 23, Folder 97

Agreements, Contract no. 2097-2102

Box 23, Folder 98

Agreements, Contract no. 2103-2109

Box 24, Folder 99

Agreements, Contract no. 2110-2119

Box 24, Folder 100

Agreements, Contract no. 2120-2129

Box 24, Folder 101

Agreements, Contract no. 2130-2140

Box 24, Folder 102

Agreements, Contract no. 2141-2149

Box 25, Folder 103

Agreements, Contract no. 2150-2157

Box 25, Folder 104

Agreements, Contract no. 2158-2165

Box 25, Folder 105

Agreements, Contract no. 2166-2174

Box 25, Folder 106

Agreements, Contract no. 2175-2183

Box 26, Folder 107

Agreements, Contract no. 2184-2192

Box 26, Folder 108

Agreements, Contract no. 2193-2201

Box 26, Folder 109

Agreements, Contract no. 2202-2208

Box 26, Folder 110

Agreements, Contract no. 2209-2215

Box 27, Folder 111

Agreements, Contract no. 2216-2222

Box 27, Folder 112

Agreements, Contract no. 2223-2229

Box 27, Folder 113

Agreements, Contract no. 2230-2237

Box 27, Folder 114

Agreements, Contract no. 2238-2244

Box 28, Folder 115

Agreements, Contract no. 2296-2302

Box 28, Folder 116

Agreements, Contract no. 2303-2316

Box 28, Folder 117

Agreements, Contract no. 2317-2324

Box 28, Folder 118

Agreements, Contract no. 2326-2333

Box 29, Folder 119

Agreements, Contract no. 2334-2341

Box 29, Folder 120

Agreements, Contract no. 2347-2358

Box 29, Folder 121

Agreements, Contract no. 2359-2366

Box 29, Folder 122

Agreements, Contract no. 2367-2373

Box 30, Folder 123

Agreements, Contract no. 2375-2389

Box 30, Folder 124

Agreements, Contract no. 2390-2399

Box 30, Folder 125

Agreements, Contract no. 2400-2409

Box 30, Folder 126

Agreements, Contract no. 2410-2417

Box 31, Folder 127

Agreements, Contract no. 2418-2425

Box 31, Folder 128

Agreements, Contract no. 2426-2432

Box 31, Folder 129

Agreements, Contract no. 2433-2439

Box 31, Folder 130

Agreements, Contract no. 2440-2447

Box 32, Folder 131

Agreements, Contract no. 2448-2456

Box 32, Folder 132

Agreements, Contract no. 2457-2462

Box 32, Folder 133

Agreements, Contract no. 2463-2469

Box 32, Folder 134

Agreements, Contract no. 2470-2477

Box 33, Folder 135

Agreements, Contract no. 2478-2484

Box 33, Folder 136

Agreements, Contract no. 2485-2491

Box 33, Folder 137

Agreements, Contract no. 2492-2498

Box 33, Folder 138

Agreements, Contract no. 2499-2504

Box 34, Folder 139

Agreements, Contract no. 2505-2513

Box 34, Folder 140

Agreements, Contract no. 2514-2521

Box 34, Folder 141

Agreements, Contract no. 2522-2528

Box 34, Folder 142

Agreements, Contract no. 2529-2535

Box 34, Folder 143

Agreements, Contract no. 2536-2542

 

Series 2. Corporate Documents, 1911-1950

Physical Description: 1 box [0.5 linear feet]

Scope and Content Note

This series includes corporate documents of the Dominguez Land Corporation, including contracts for the sale of land to corporations such as the Pacific Electric Railway Company and the Chanslor-Canfield Midway Oil Company, as well as oil lease contracts between Dominguez Land and the Standard Oil Company. Also includes corporate by-laws and articles of incorporation, as well as stockholder information, and legal documents relating to the dissolution of the Dominguez Land Corporation.
This series is arranged in four subseries: 2a. Corporate Land Agreements, 2b. By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation, 2c. Dissolution of Dominguez Trust, 2d. History of the Dominguez Land Corporation.
 

Subseries 2a. Corporate Land Agreements, 1912-1941

Physical Description: 4 folders

Scope and Content Note

Includes signed and unsigned contracts for the sale of land, including between Dominguez Land Company and the Pacific Electric Railway Company. Also includes correspondence, rights of way (water pipes and conduits), zoning maps, reconveyances, quitclaim deeds, an oil lease between the Dominguez Land Corporation and the Standard Oil Company, and the sale of oil land between the Dominguez Land Corporation and the Chanslor-Canfield Midway Oil Company.
Box 35, Folder 144

Signed Dominguez Land Docs.

Box 35, Folder 145

Unsigned Dominguez Land Docs.

Box 35, Folder 145

Lease Standard Oil

Box 35, Folder 145

Chanslor-Canfield Midway Oil Co.

 

Subseries 2b. By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation, 1911-1922, n.d.

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Content Note

Includes the By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation for the Dominguez Land Company/Corporation.
Box 35, Folder 148

By-Laws & Articles of Incorporation 1911-1922, n.d.

 

Subseries 2c. Dissolution of Dominguez Trust, 1917, 1950

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Content Note

Includes legal documents relating to the dissolution of the Dominguez Land Company, correspondence, tax forms, excerpts from Remco Board of Directors meetings, and description of assets of the Dominguez Land Corporation.
Box 35, Folder 149

Dissolution of Dominguez Trust 1917, 1950

 

Subseries 2d. History of Dominguez Land Corporation, 1911-1916

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Content Note

Includes notices of stockholder meetings, assignment of proxy for stockholder meetings, Certificate of Creation of Bonded Indebtedness, listing of bond holders, petition and permit authorizing the sale of notes of the corporation, certificate of increase of board of directors.
Box 35, Folder 150

History of Dominguez Land Corp. 1911-1916